Evolution of Dental Diseases Analytical Essay

Evolution of Dental Diseases
An in-depth exploration of the history and current nature of periodontal diseases and dental caries.
# 153851 | 7,842 words | 37 sources | APA | 2014 | KE
Published on Mar 28, 2014 in Medical and Health (General)

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This paper evaluates the historical development of periodontal diseases and dental caries in three distinct periods: pre agricultural society, post agricultural society, and contemporary society. The paper also discusses how contemporary diet and lifestyle, chronic illnesses, smoking, alcohol use, and dental practices, such as scaling and fissure sealants, have led to changes in the nature of dental diseases and the susceptibility of humans to acquire them. The paper includes two color graphs and a table.

Pre-Agricultural Society: Dental Diseases and the Impact on Enamel Development
Post-Agricultural Human Society: Diet Changes & Impact on Oral Environment
Lifestyle Changes & Chronic Illnesses
Dental Practices
Underlying Biological Causes of Dental Diseases
Periodontal Diseases in the United States
Junk Food Consumption in the US , 2011
Contemporary Society to Present: Lifestyles, Diet, & Dental Diseases

From the Paper:

"Periodontal disease and caries are two dental diseases that have been affiliated with human beings for centuries. Periodontal diseases are associated with bacterial infections that largely affect periodontal tissues, such as the alveolar bone, the periodontal ligament, the cementum, and the gingiva. Dental caries is a common type of tooth decay caused by, Actinomyces viscosus Nocardia spp.; Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus mutans bacterium found in the mouth. These bacteria are harmful in the mouth. Other kinds of bacteria in the mouth such as Streptococcus salivarius are helpful in the mouth. The inflectional bacteria (Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus mutans) contribute to the destruction of the major tissues in the gums. Fossils of human mouths from the preagricultural era of Homo sapiens exhibit signs of periodontal disease and dental caries (Jerry A. Coyne, 2009, p. 211). Further evidence of this was provided by the skulls of Cro-Magnons who lived over 25,000 years ago. The earliest records indicate that the tooth worms- a believe that there were worms that bore holes in the teeth existed at the time- were the main cause of periodontal diseases and dental caries."

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